Technology Today

2012 Issue 2

Premkumar (Prem) Natarajan

Engineering Profiles

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Mark Hebeisen
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Terry Stevenson
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Jennifer Cormack
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Tony Ponsford
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Teh-Kuang Lung
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Premkumar (Prem) Natarajan
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Engineering Profile

Premkumar (Prem) Natarajan
Executive Vice President and Principal Scientist, Raytheon BBN Technologies

Dr. Premkumar Natarajan leads business and technical operations for BBN's Speech, Language and Multimedia Technologies. His key contributions include establishing a diverse products/solutions business line; the acquisition of new international clients; and the launch of computer vision, human social-cultural behavior modeling and document image processing business lines.

Natarajan's technical activities and accomplishments span a range of multimedia processing and pattern recognition areas, including speech recognition, language understanding, speech-to-speech translation, video analysis and content extraction, machine learning and optical character recognition. He served as principal investigator or program manager on numerous research and deployment projects sponsored by the DoD and the intelligence community, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-sponsored programs such as Spoken Language Communication and Translation System for Tactical Use (TRANSTAC) and Multilingual Automatic Document Classification, Analysis and Translation (MADCAT), as well as Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)-sponsored programs, including Video Analysis and Content Extraction (VACE) and Automated Low-Level Analysis and Description of Diverse Intelligence Video (ALADDIN). He also serves as a senior advisor to several ongoing BBN projects, including the DARPA Broad Operational Language Translation program, the IARPA Open Source Indicators program and the Army Machine Foreign Language Translation program.

On what led him on his career path, Natarajan comments, "Growing up in a multilingual and multicultural environment, I was often intrigued by the similarities and differences between languages. Quickly, I discovered that language and culture share a symbiotic relationship. That early curiosity grew into an abiding interest in my current field of work."

Natarajan holds a BSEE degree from Pune University in India and master's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Tufts University.

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